Panel of Knowledge: Squamish Teachings


Join us to celebrate the unveiling of a new addition to our Permanent Art Collection created by Coast Salish artist Halikium/Wade Baker. Hear from the artist and learn about the story behind this special work. Light refreshments will be served.


Funding for this art commission generously provided by the WVML Friends of the Library.


Friday, October 4

4 – 5 p.m., Main Floor


For more information, visit or call the Information Desk at 604.925.7403.



Shared Journeys


Shared Journeys is a new program that embraces West Vancouver's rich cultural diversity, bringing people together through stories, conversation and activities. Full details at


Film Screening: All Our Father’s Relations

Monday, October 7, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Welsh Hall
This award-winning documentary follows the Grant siblings, born to a Musqueam mother and Chinese father, as they journey from Vancouver to China to rediscover their father’s roots. Director Alejandro Yoshizawa and producer Sarah Ling will introduce the film and answer questions afterward.



One Book, One Community


Book Chats

Thursday, October 10, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., Welsh Hall
Wednesday, October 23, 7 – 8:30 p.m., Welsh Hall

Discuss and explore ideas in our One Book, One Community title selection: Homes: A Refugee Story. Led by library facilitators, these chats will provide you with the opportunity to talk about the compelling themes in the book while making new connections. Registration is required.




SFU Writer’s Consults

Tuesday, October 1, 4 – 7 p.m., Lawson Creek Meeting Room
Need an expert opinion on your writing? The SFU Writer’s Studio offers free, one-on-one, 45-minute manuscript consultations. Please phone 604.925.7403 to register.


Amazing Adventures! Galapagos Islands

Thursday, October 10, 2 – 3 p.m., Welsh Hall West

Join veteran travel writer Michael McCarthy as he travels the globe.


Reading Chariandy

Tuesday, October 15, 7 – 8:30 p.m., McDonald Creek Meeting Room

Join us as we discuss the literary works of award-winning Canadian author David Chariandy, this year’s featured writer at the WVML Foundation’s event. Explore the themes behind Chariandy’s Brother and I’ve Been Meaning to Tell You: A Letter to My Daughter.


Persian Book Club

Thursday, October 17, 2 – 4 p.m., Welsh Hall East
Read and discuss classical and contemporary Persian literary prose. Participants must be fluent in Persian. Led by Feloor Talebi.





Music Talks with Neil Ritchie

Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Welsh Hall

Join longtime CBC producer Neil Ritchie as he celebrates the unique styles of different artists.

October 1: Michael Kidd
October 8: Jazz Piano Superstars




The Metropolitan Opera Lectures

Wednesdays, 12:30 – 2:30 p.m., Welsh Hall

Based on the Met’s Live in HD season, with Nicolas Krusek.
October 2: Turandot by Giacomo Puccini
October 9: Manon by Jules Massenet
October 16: Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini
October 23: Akhnaten by Philip Glass
October 30: Wozzeck by Alban Berg


Friday Night Concert: Montreal Guitar Trio

Friday, October 18, 7:30 – 8:45 p.m., Main Hall

Described by the CBC as the “hottest” guitar ensemble in Canada. MG3’s music incorporates diverse influences from around the world. Doors open at 7 p.m.


In the Gallery


Halikium/Wade Baker: Sculptor, Graphic Designer, Carver

October 4 – November 12, Art Gallery

This exhibition documents the creation of Panel of Knowledge, a new addition to our Permanent Art Collection by Coast Salish
artist Wade Baker. Discover how this contemporary artist uses public art to tell stories and share the time honoured traditions of the Coast Salish Peoples.








Registration is now open for October digital learning programs! 


For a full list of activities see (navigate to October). 



October program highlights:




Family Music Making: Loog Guitar | Ages 6 – 9

Saturday, October 5 and 12, 10:30 – 11:45 a.m.

In this two-week program, kids and caregivers will play together with the Loog guitar, a 3-string guitar and app system designed especially for kids.


School’s Out: Extreme Lego Challenges | Ages 7 – 9

Friday, October 25, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

An action-packed hour of Lego building, challenges and activities!


School’s Out: Introduction to GarageBand | Ages 9 – 12

Friday, October 25, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Families will have hands-on fun practising coding and problem-solving together using Osmo educational games.


Dash Robot Trick-or-Treat | Ages 8 – 10

Tuesday, October 29, 3:30 – 4:45 p.m.

It’s spooky robotics time! Kids will work in pairs to dress up Dash and construct a neighbourhood with building materials before programming the robot to trick-or-treat down the “street.” Previous experience with Dash robotics, or other drag-and-drop coding programs, is required.




Excel Essentials

Wednesdays, 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Learn the basics of Excel including a tour of the ribbons, what the different cursors mean and how to create a simple budget from scratch. This is a three-part series. Register for each session that you want to attend.

Getting Started: October 9*

Working with Formulas: October 16
Working with Charts: October 23*
*Please note that these dates have changed.


Ebooks, Audiobooks, and More through RBDigital

Thursday, October 3, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Learn how to sign up and use the resources available through the RBDigital service, including hundreds of magazines, audiobooks, ebooks and streaming video.


Getting Started with Website Development

Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Join us to learn the steps and skills needed in order to self-host a Wordpress website.
Part 1: October 8
Part 2: October 15
Part 3: October 22


Mac Essentials

Monday, October 21, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

In this lecture-style session, we will teach you the basics of using a Mac computer.




Let’s Talk!

Tuesdays, October 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, 7 – 8:30 p.m., Welsh Hall East

A weekly discussion group for English language learners interested in improving their listening and speaking skills.







English Corner

Fridays, October 4, 11, 18 and 25, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., Welsh Hall
An enjoyable way to practise your English conversation skills. Facilitated by the Baha’i Community of West Vancouver.


English Conversation Circle

Mondays, October 7, 21 and 28, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., Welsh Hall

Improve your listening and speaking skills while learning about Canadian culture and local customs.


Lifelong Learning


Healthy Information: Finding and Evaluating Health Resources in the Library and Beyond

Tuesday, October 1, 6 – 8 p.m., The Lab

This workshop will explain how to find and evaluate good health information from a variety of sources.


Local Voices — Learning Curves

Wednesday, October 2, 7 – 8:30 p.m., Welsh Hall

Explore some of the ways we learn in West Vancouver with Chief Janice George, a Salish weaver who learned from her grandmother and Geoff Jopson, a West Van boy who grew up to be Superintendent of Schools.


Let the Board Games Begin!

Saturday, October 5, 2 – 5 p.m., McDonald Creek Meeting Room

Bring your gaming spirit and try out Pandemic, Codenames and other new-generation board games at the Library.


Philosophers’ Cafe — Home: What Does it Feel Like?

Thursday, October 17, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., Welsh Hall

In Vancouver, where isolation and loneliness are experienced by many, where do you find home and what does it feel like?





The Library offers great drop-in storytimes for children of all ages. For complete details, please visit our online events calendar (navigate to October).




Special Events


Jacky's Village | All Ages

Saturday, October 19, 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., Welsh Hall

Take a trip to Jacky’s Village and dance to music from the African countries of Cameroon and Benin. Joined by her friend Yoro Noukoussi, Jacky will show traditional African instruments including the djembe, talking drum and shekere. This is a drop-in event, but space is limited. 





Halloween Puppet Show | Ages 3+

Friday, October 25, 10:30 – 11 a.m. and 4 – 4:30 p.m., Welsh Hall

Join us for a half hour of spooky fun! Online registration is required. Please register each child separately. Children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by a parent/caregiver.




Book Buddies | Ages 6 – 12

Saturdays, October 19, October 26, November 2 and November 9, 3 – 4 p.m., Storyhouse

Children will play literacy games and practise their reading skills with teen volunteers during this one-hour program. Kids must be school-aged and able to read some English on their own in order to register for the program.


School's Out!


School’s Out: Extreme Lego Challenges | Ages 7 – 9

Friday, October 25, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m., The Lab

An action-packed hour of Lego building, challenges and activities!


School’s Out: Introduction to GarageBand | Ages 9 – 12

Friday, October 25, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m., The Lab

Kids will learn the basics of GarageBand, the music creation app, in this introductory program.



TAG Meeting | Ages 13+

Monday, October 21, 7 – 8:30 p.m., Storyhouse
Open to all high school students, TAG is the Teen Advisory Group that meets once a month to discuss teen collections and programming. New members welcome! Snacks provided.





Holiday Hours









The Library will be closed Sunday, October 13 and Monday, October 14 for Thanksgiving.


Shared Journeys Booklists



Expand your understanding of our cultural diversity with these incredible stories of immigration and intercultural relationships. View the Shared Journeys Fiction Booklist and the Shared Journeys Nonfiction Booklist or ask us at the Information Desk.


Collaborative Computing Booths



At the end of July, the Library re-launched the Lower Level Collaborative Computing booths with improved screens and wireless presentation technology, and people of all ages immediately gravitated to them!


Summer Reading Club



A record number of 2,029 kids and teens signed up for the 2019 Summer Reading Clubcongratulations to the hundreds that completed the program and received medals! The Youth Department is busy tallying registration and completion numbers and will be announcing the school trophy winners in the first week of October. 



Library Family


WVML Foundation



WVML Foundation Annual Speaker and Dinner Event Fundraiser with award-winning author David Chariandy


Tuesday, October 22, 6 p.m.


Some tickets are still available for this entertaining and memorable event. Full details on the Foundation Events webpage.


An invitation for new Foundation Board members


If you are interested in becoming a part of this hard-working Board, please read the more detailed information on our webpage

Friends of the Library



The Friends of the Library have generously funded a new art commission by Coast Salish artist Halikium/Wade Baker. Join us on October 4 to hear from the artist and learn about the story behind this special work.


Thank you for supporting the Friends' initiatives that made this commission possible!




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